Original Title: Wake
Year Published: 2012
Published by: St Martin’s Press
Number of Pages: 309
First Sentences: “Even over the sea, Thea could smell the blood on her.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Plot (taken from goodreads):
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
I loved this book. I’d started reading it once before, but couldn’t get into it then. This time, I devoured it in just a few hours. The writing was great, the story as well and the characters were well thought through. It is one mighty build-up for the rest of the series, but it is still a great story.
So the sleeve is a little misleading when it comes to the narrator. It seems like its only Gemma, but it actually switches between her and her older sister, Harper. However, Gemma is the one who gets turned into this mermaid like creature. Gemma is an avid swimmer and loves the ocean. It is the reason why the three mysterious girls are attracted to her in the first place. I liked Gemma, because athough she can seem slightly selfish, she is very aware of her flaws and how her behaviour affect others. She also cares very much for the people around her and will go out of her way to protect them.
Harper is the quieter older sister who loves reading books and is working at the towns library. After their mother was in a car accident, Harper has taken over the responsibilities of the home as well as looking out for her sister. She is much more responsible and logical then her sister, and a lot less adventurous. Harper is also very easy to like, although her overprotectiveness can be a little too much sometimes. At the same time tht makes her endearing.
Alex is the boy next door and a very likable guy. He and Gemma develops feeling for each other during the course of the novel although they both know that Alex is moving away to college soon, and then Gemma’s secret puts a strain on the relationship.
Speaking of love interests, we have Daniel. He is slighly older than Harper, lives on a boat, seemingly very unresponsible and Harper can’t stand him. He however turns out to not be as bad as she first thinks and she has to readjust to this nicer side of him. He is also he only one who isn’t impressed or affected by the three mysterious girls who have moved to the island. Daniel is amazing and a proper good guy. You will love him.
And let’s not forget the fact that young men are disappearing from the town. Nobody knows where they go or why they have disappeared. Could they be connected to the three mysterious girls?
Do I recommend it?
Yes I do. It’s a really good book, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.